24 Oct '11, 1am

The paradox of the new elite - TODAYonline

It's a puzzle: One dispossessed group after another - blacks, women, Hispanics and gays - has been gradually accepted in the United States, granted equal rights and brought into the mainstream. At the same time, in economic terms, the US has gone from being a comparatively egalitarian society to one of the most unequal democracies in the world. The two shifts are each huge and hugely important: One shows a steady march towards democratic inclusion, the other towards a tolerance of economic stratification that would have been unthinkable a generation ago. The US prides itself on the belief that "anyone can be President", and what better example than US President Barack Obama, son of a black Kenyan immigrant and a white American mother - neither of them rich. And yet more than half the presidents over the past 110 years attended Harvard, Yale or Princeton, and graduates of H...

Full article: http://www.todayonline.com/Commentary/EDC111024-0000109/T...

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